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What do you get if you cross the knees-up beat of Ska with the in- your-face attitude of hardcore from the American east coast city of Boston?

You only get one guess and it's full marks for those who opt for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Already known to Scottish fans by the rip-roaring chorus of their single I Get The Impression, which entered the UK charts at No 12, the eight-piece Mighty Mighty Bosstones made a mighty mighty noise in the States when their album Let's Face It sold more than a million copies.

Sounding like a mix of two-tone bands such as The Specials and punk rock bands such as The Clash, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones actually look like a gangster version of Showaddywaddy.

If the band looked sharp in their zoot suits and skinny ties, then the audience looked just as smart on more of a street level.

This gig must have seen the highest concentration of Fred Perry shirts, braces and exceptionally short haircuts since the last Glasgow gig by Bad Manners.

Front man Dicky Barrett tore through the set with a voice that sounded as though his vocal chords had been dragged over four miles of sandpaper that had been steeped in a barrel of raw alcohol and fag butts.

It's a rough sound that suits the rest of the band's punchy rhythms perfectly.

In between songs, Barrett thanked the fans who had taken him for a wild night on the town the last time the Bosstones played Glasgow six years ago.

And he wished Scotland good luck in the World Cup.

Asked how he thought the Americans would do, he laughed: "Hey man, I don't care. I'm American."

Even if Barrett doesn't fancy his country's chances much in the World Cup, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones chances are looking pretty good.

Most things that happen in the States make their way over here and it's a reasonable bet that the Bosstones skanking rock will copy its huge American success in Britain.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 19, 1998
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